Author: BoatingWorld Staff
In 2007, Supra became the official towboat of the World Wakeboard Association. In honor of this achievement, the company has designed a new World’s Edition package on all of its 2008 Launch models, including the Launch 22 SSV (V-drive) model we tested. The World’s Edition appearance/performance package adds an array of features to this hardcore tournament towboat, including a custom Brittany blue, black and white gelcoat pattern, a World’s decal set, a white stainless steel rubrail, custom black swivel board racks, custom black four-speaker light bar with LED lights, Z-5 cargo rack, tower mirror bracket, a 2-amp sound system with a subwoofer, dual batteries and more. Also part of the package is a 5.7-liter 340 hp ETX CAT engine from Indmar (with catalytic converter) for super performance. This new model shares key standard design features of all Supra models, including a deep-drop V-keel for straight-line tracking – even in chop – Perfect Pass control and Gravity III 1,450-pound ballast system for superior wake control. Supra’s Smart Plate is integrated into the Perfect Pass, and remembers and adjusts to your preferred wake settings (up to eight individual user profiles). Also standard is Supra’s Sport Back seating, which provides five rear-facing seats so everybody can enjoy the action. The Launch 22 SSV also features a new dash with a new steering wheel, an improved slide mechanism for the driver’s seat and a huge cooler beneath the seat. The standard rear step-on opens with a piston so you don’t have to step on the seats. All the seats feature comfortable high-density foam and new Syntec Nano-infused vinyl surfaces for easy cleanup and good looks that last. Our test boat jumped onto plane in 3.5 seconds and took 5.5 seconds to reach 30 mph. Top end of around 41 mph came at 5250 rpm. We achieved optimum fuel economy of 3.92 mpg when running 25 mph at 3000 rpm. Cockpit sound levels at this cruising speed were a pleasantly quiet 81dBA.